SEATTLE, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Nine of the 10 markets where homebuyer competition has intensified the most since last year have median sale prices below $500,000 despite seeing price growth of at least 10% over the last year, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com). Housing markets that offer homebuyers more bang for their buck and are located outside of major cities are heating up, with relatively affordable places including El Dorado County, CA and Camden County, NJ rising in popularity as house hunters take advantage of remote work and record-low interest rates.

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Meanwhile, iconic coastal hubs such as New York and San Francisco are losing their luster as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates an exodus out of dense, expensive job centers. Seven of the 10 markets that have cooled most in the last year are located in New York (including four of the five New York City boroughs; Manhattan was excluded from this analysis due to insufficient data) and seven have median sale prices above $500,000.

The report is based on a Redfin ranking of the U.S. housing markets that have heated up and cooled down the most over the past year. The ranking is based on year-over-year change in home prices, home sales, the share of homes that sold above their list price, the speed of home sales and Redfin.com searches.

Relatively affordable areas outside big cities—like El Dorado County, CA and Camden County, NJ—are heating up most

El Dorado County, CA came in first place, with measures of homebuyer competition surging faster than any other U.S. county in the last year. Spanning from the eastern outskirts of Sacramento to the southern half of Lake Tahoe (but not including the city of Sacramento, which is in Sacramento County), the region has seen home sales skyrocket nearly 60% over the last year as buyers have flocked from the Bay Area, despite the fact that it's located in a fire-prone area, with the most recent wildfire igniting in early September. It's the most expensive county in the top 10, with a median sale price of $550,000, but that's relatively affordable compared with what $1.45 million, the median sale price in nearby San Francisco.

"We're seeing a huge influx of buyers coming to El Dorado County from the Bay Area," said local Redfin agent Ellie Hitchcock. "With so many large tech companies allowing employees to work from home for the foreseeable future, homeowners in San Francisco are selling their two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo and buying a 5,000-square-foot home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms on an acre of land here for the same price. It's simply a no-brainer."

In second place was Camden County, NJ, a region of southern New Jersey located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Homes in the area have been selling fast, spending a median of 28 days on the market in July, compared with 47 days a year earlier. While prices have climbed 13% since last year, homes still sell for a median of $215,000—well below the national median.

"Camden's economy has changed dramatically over the course of its history," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "The city of Camden is still recovering from the devastating effects of housing discrimination and redlining. But more recently, the state of New Jersey has made a concerted effort to revitalize the area by offering corporate tax incentives. The revitalization seems to be improving Camden's appeal to outsiders, but local first-time homebuyers could see themselves priced out of the market."

Housing Market Summary of U.S. Counties That Have Heated Up the Most (July 2020*)

Rank

U.S. County

Parent
Metro Area

 Median
Sale Price

Median
Sale Price,
YoY
Change

Homes
Sold, YoY
Change

Median
Days on
Market

Median Days
on Market,
YoY Change
(in Days)

Share of
Homes that
Sold Above
List Price

Q2 Net Inflow
of Redfin Users
Searching in
Area, YoY
Change

1

El Dorado County, CA

Sacramento, CA

$550,000

10.0%

57.3%

28

-7

32.2%

107%

2

Camden County, NJ

Camden, NJ

$215,000

13.2%

9.5%

28

-19

37.1%

512%

3

Columbia County, OR

Portland, OR

$350,000

13.3%

17.3%

18

-11

40.0%

78%

4

Fairfield County, CT

Bridgeport, CT

$490,000

16.7%

34.0%

70

1

24.7%

862%

5

Morgan County, IN

Indianapolis, IN

$200,000

14.3%

19.1%

7

-11

32.8%

133%

6

Comal County, TX

San Antonio, TX

$342,100

9.8%

44.4%

55

-11

18.2%

78%

7

Cowlitz County, WA

Longview, WA

$329,000

17.9%

26.6%

9

-5

52.9%

-3%

8

Fauquier County, VA

Washington, DC

$475,000

13.1%

33.3%

42

-8

29.7%

-11%

9

Gloucester County, NJ

Camden, NJ

$224,500

12.3%

10.7%

31

-17

37.2%

64%

10

Spotsylvania County, VA

Washington, DC

$344,950

17.8%

9.1%

30

-8

36.1%

15%


National

-

$323,000

8.1%

9.8%

35

-1

29.9%

-

*Net inflow data covers the second quarter of 2020

Expensive, dense areas—especially in New York—are cooling down

The Bronx ranked number one on the list of U.S. housing markets that are cooling down. It is one of seven other New York markets, including Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, that are in the bottom 10. Home sales in the Bronx have plummeted 43% since last year while the number of Redfin.com users searching in the area dropped 16% in the second quarter.

"People want out of New York City," said local Redfin agent Ken Wile. "This pandemic has changed everybody's lives. People who had to commute to the city no longer have to, so they want more space, more value and more nature."

Many people leaving New York City are moving north to Westchester and Putnam counties, Wile said, though he hasn't noticed many people leaving New York state altogether.

San Francisco County ranked number two on the list of housing markets that have slowed down the most. New listings skyrocketed 110% year over year in July—a sign that homeowners are fleeing. The San Francisco metro area has seen its supply of homes increase more than any other major metro since the pandemic began, forcing sellers to lower expectations for what they can reap in a sale. The region has seen a greater increase in price drops than any other major metro, with a quarter of sellers cutting prices. Still, San Francisco's median sale price remains sky-high at nearly $1.5 million.

"I've been telling sellers that if they're not willing to compromise on price after a couple of weeks, they'll probably be holding onto their home for two to four more years," said San Francisco Redfin agent Gabrielle Bunker. "A lot of sellers are having a hard time coming to terms with that—they're really, really wishing that the market was the way that it was six to nine months ago."

Housing Market Summary of U.S. Counties That Have Cooled Down the Most (July 2020*)

Rank

U.S. County

Parent
Metro Area

Median
Sale Price

Median
Sale Price,
YoY
Change

Homes Sold,
YoY
Change

Median
Days on
Market

Median
Days on
Market,
YoY
Change
(in Days)

Share of
Homes that
Sold Above
List Price

Q2 Net Inflow
of Redfin Users
Searching in
Area, YoY
Change

1

Bronx County, NY

New York, NY

$525,000

5.2%

-43.3%

75

10

18.3%

-16%

2

San Francisco County, CA

San Francisco, CA

$1,450,000

0.0%

-4.9%

24

5

53.0%

-7%

3

Suffolk County, MA

Boston, MA

$661,000

0.5%

-8.7%

21

5

39.3%

-10%

4

Kings County, NY (Brooklyn)

New York, NY

$825,000

-9.8%

-50.7%

110

6

7.7%

5%

5

Dutchess County, NY

Poughkeepsie, NY

$328,000

2.5%

-13.8%

71

22

24.4%

-117%

6

Ontario County, NY

Rochester, NY

$204,000

-11.9%

-31.2%

20

3

40.2%

-125%

7

Rensselaer County, NY

Albany, NY

$188,040

-1.0%

-12.9%

30

3

38.0%

-243%

8

Queens County, NY (Queens)

New York, NY

$550,000

-6.8%

-38.6%

89

23

11.7%

160%

9

Norfolk County, MA

Boston, MA

$560,000

2.7%

-7.3%

21

5

45.7%

-167%

10

Richmond County, NY (Staten Island)

New York, NY

$550,000

0.0%

-38.8%

61

16

7.9%

-65%


National

-

$323,000

8.1%

9.8%

35

-1

29.9%

-

*Net inflow data covers the second quarter of 2020

To read the full report, including methodology and additional agent insights, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/hot-housing-markets-affordable-pandemic.

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered residential real estate company, redefining real estate in the consumer's favor in a commission-driven industry. We do this by integrating every step of the home buying and selling process and pairing our own agents with our own technology, creating a service that is faster, better and costs less. We offer brokerage, iBuying, mortgage, and title services, and we also run the country's #1 real estate brokerage search site, offering a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate. We represent people buying and selling homes in over 90 markets in the United States and Canada. Since our launch in 2006, we have saved our customers over $800 million and we've helped them buy or sell more than 235,000 homes worth more than $115 billion.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, email press@redfin.com. To view Redfin's press center, click here.

 

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